Knockout combo ADAM LUCIUS 28feb06 MANLY halfback Matt Orford has all but ended the debate on who should partner him at the scrumbase, declaring Michael Monaghan the perfect fit at five-eighth. Monaghan, who is involved in a three-way shoot-out with Michael Witt and Travis Burns for the No 6 jersey, did his chances no harm with a strong performance alongside Orford in Saturday's 42-18 trial win over the Tigers. The former Manly skipper spent time at first receiver and dummy half and worked well with Orford, who was quick to praise his new partner. ``We've had a good off-season together and we're working well,'' Orford said after the match. ``The combination went well and we had half a game last week together. ``The more we play together the better we will be. ``I didn't expect us to go that well, I'm pretty happy.'' Monaghan was equally effusive, predicting the embryonic partnership would flourish after a few more matches together. ``We'd only played half an hour together (before Saturday) but we'd work pretty well during the off-season and there were some good signs at the weekend,'' he said. ``There is a fair way to go but I think it could work out well the more we play together. ``I'm happy to play at six (five-eighth) or nine (hooker) ... I don't mind as long I'm in the 17 there somewhere.'' The Sea Eagles were impressive in disposing of a disappointing Tigers outfit before a crowd of just over 8000 at Brookvale Oval. But Orford admitted his own game - and that of the team's - still needed work ahead of the season kick-off against Canberra on Saturday week. ``I didn't want to do too much out there,'' he said. ``I just need to be patient and play my hand when it was needed, just sit back and let the guys do the work and play some good structure. ``The more patient I can be the better it will be for my game. ``Once we play together a bit more the combinations will come.''